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Have you had your tea break today?

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If you have followed my tea articles here on Examiner, you know that a ‘tea latte’ is not something I am really fond of—that is, until today. Being pretty fond of just a good hot cup of black tea is the standard for me, so I decided to try something I have generally shunned in the past. The photo of a Caramel Indulgence Latte on their Facebook page had me!

Needing a break from editing some documents, this tea drinker took a drive to Figments Tea Shoppe and Art Gallery here in Albuquerque. It just seemed like the ideal way to spend an hour or so after working so hard. Never mind that the parking lot shared with Target was full of cars from holiday shoppers, there was a space waiting for me right in front of the entry door to Figments!

Inside, this tearoom, with its many unique tea-related gifts, was bustling with people, including men, looking for that special gift for a tea drinker, no doubt. They would not be disappointed—the checkout line was 8-10 people deep the entire time I was there. Some ordered tea while they looked around the store, and this being Sunday afternoon, some tea lovers were indulging in a light afternoon tea themed, “Bread Crumbs to Grandma’s House.” Today, they were serving gingerbread latte tea (a Rooibos herbal drink), vanilla yogurt with honey and granola, cranberry scone with Meyers Lemon Curd, and homemade gingerbread cookies. (Reservations are required for these special Sunday afternoon teas. Just call 505-323-1606).

Now, onto the Caramel Indulgence Latte that I had—liquid dessert as it is described. This is a black tea with caramel in it, and then embellished with milk, real whipped cream, and caramel syrup. Yummy and to die for! If you want more of it, be sure to ask the server to save the tea sac with the tea in it, so you can have a second cup (just without the whipped cream and syrup—or with it, as you prefer). Keep in mind, too, that since milk and whipping cream are added, the tea flavor will not be as strong as it would be without the add-ins. If you prefer to save the calories, then just order the tea—you are still drinking a lovely liquid dessert.

You have a couple of days before Christmas to stop by Figments for your tea break (you will take one, right?!) and those last-minute gifts you need. For older people on your list, consumables are the answer—something they don’t have to make room to store very long! And what could be a better gift than tea!

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